Review of “The Stars, Like Dust” by Isaac Asimov

This book wasn’t very good. Apparently (according to Wikipedia) Asimov agreed. The ending was embarrassingly bad (Asimov also apparently agreed).

I’ve really got nothing else to say. Hopefully these Galactic Empire books pick up, otherwise I’ll just plow through them to get to the Foundation Series.

3 Responses to Review of “The Stars, Like Dust” by Isaac Asimov

  1. James says:

    Oh do be a sport. The story (recollection aided by Wikipedia):

    Some guy called Biron’s father is assassinated by the “Tyranni”—a minor empire that rules 50 planets. His own life may be in danger, so he escapes to a planet called Rhodia. He hears rumours about a rebellion against the Tyranni.

    He also hears of some “rebellion world”. He and some friends hunt for this rebellion world. They are tracked by a big bad Tyrannian Commissioner. They have some adventures, and eventually they find out that after all, Rhodia is the rebellion world.

    But what sparked the rebellion?

    “Your father, my boy, did not know all there was to know. It is not safe to have anyone in possession of all the facts. The old Rancher discovered the existence of the document independently in the references to it in my library. I’ll give him credit. He recognized its significance. But if he had consulted me, I would have told him it was no longer on Earth.”

    “That’s exactly it, sir. I am certain the Tyranni have it.”

    “But of course not. I have it. I’ve had it for twenty years. It was what started the rebellion world, for it was only when I had it that I knew we could hold our winnings once we had won.”

    “It is a weapon, then?”

    “It is the strongest weapon in the universe. It will destroy the Tyranni and us alike, but will save the Nebular Kingdoms. Without it, we could perhaps defeat the Tyranni, but we would only have exchanged one feudal despotism for another, and as the Tyranni are plotted against, we would be plotted against. We and they must both be delivered into the ashcan of outmoded political systems. The time for maturity has come as it once came on the planet Earth, and there will be a new kind of government, a kind that has never yet been tried in the Galaxy. There will be no Khans, no Autarchs, Directors, or Ranchers.”

    “In the name of Space,” roared Rizzett suddenly, “what will there be?”


    “People? How can they govern? There must be some one person to make decisions.”

    “There is a way. The blueprint I have, dealt with a small section of one planet, but it can be adapted to all the Galaxy.” […]

    And with Rhodia’s sun bright on the visiplate, Hinrik began with those words that were older—far older—than any of the planets in the Galaxy save one:

    “‘We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America…'”


    It ain’t called Universalism fo nuthin’…

  2. James says:

    Asimov was clearly taking the piss, having been forced to include the US constitution sub-plot. “Tyranni”!

    It reminds me of Chi L’Ha Vista Morire?. This is a 1972 giallo film, and the killer turns out to be a priest. To appease censors, the last lines of the film are:

    “I forget to tell you the most important thing! The killer wasn’t a real priest at all, he was an imposter!”

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